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For those in the UK who watched the first episode of Strange and Norrell and made the deeply wrong decision not to continue with it, you have 29 hours to repent and start catching up in time for the last episode on Sunday, before Episode 2 falls off iPlayer.

Off you go! chop chop.

For those with more discernment, isn't it brilliant? I have been on the edge of my seat for the last three episodes. I haven't reread the book since 2005 so I can't remember all the details and am screaming at the screen when characters take a terrifyingly dangerous mis-step. I lock myself in the front room on Sunday evenings while Himself supervises teeth cleaning and cooks our supper: he shimmers in quietly to hand me a plate, and may be rewarded with a nod, or even a muttered "thanks" if it's not too vital a point in the plot. He is boycotting Strange and Norrell on principle due to the presence of Mr Drawlight (see also: Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Cordelia Chase). Last night's memorable interchange

Drawlight: “What have you heard? Is it true that he has turned people into glass and thrown stones at them. And m’lady, are you his special friend? What is he about in there?”

Greysteel: “Do you wish to be shot?”

Drawlight: “No.”

Greysteel: “Then behave differently.

should, in Himself's view have finished "Tough!"

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Date: 2015-06-22 09:59 pm (UTC)
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That was me but got to ep2 and will now continue.

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Date: 2015-06-23 06:33 am (UTC)
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We are LOVING it. I read it a while ago, like you; J has never read it so it's all new to him. I agree last night's episode was AMAZING. I will be so sorry when it's over!!

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Date: 2015-06-23 10:00 am (UTC)
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If you didn't like the first episode (though I can't imagine how) then I suspect you wouldn't like the rest. I understand the annoyance with Drawlight but surely this is a tiny niggle. Every character is close to charicature but really only Drawlight irritates - truly impressive for a production that is both fantasy and a costume drama. After all that Greysteel Drawlight dialogue only works so well because of the set up.


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